From cooking barbecues for firefighters battling wildfires, to paying huge tips to bar staff, to his “charidee” work, to stopping fights at concerts and gifting his own shoes to fans, there really is no end to Dave Grohl’s charms.
Given the sheer volume of Dave’s niceness, the list could be infinitely longer, however, we’re whittling it down to his Top 17 as there just aren’t enough hours in the day…
1) Dave sang ‘My Hero’ to Swedish medic who treated his broken leg
During Foo Fighters’ headline set at Lollapalooza Stockholm on 29th June 2019, Dave Grohl sang ‘My Hero’ with the medic who treated his broken leg on stage at Gothenburg’s Ullevi Stadium four years earlier. Performing ‘My Hero’ at Lollapalooza Stockholm, Dave spotted Dr. Johan Sampson in the audience and beckoned to the crowd “There he is! Sing it to him!”
With tens of thousands of fans singing ‘My Hero’ in unison, Dr. Johan rightfully lapped up the adulation before crowd-surfing to the front. Embracing Dave on stage, Dr Johan then proceeded to sing “There goes my hero / Watch him as he goes” alongside the Foo Fighters frontman during the song’s rousing finale. Spine-tingling stuff.
2) Dave surprised 9-year-old drumming prodigy
In 2018, Japanese schoolkid Yoyoka Soma hit headlines across the globe when her astounding performance of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Good Times Bad Times’ went viral online. Appearing on The Ellen Show in 2019, Soma said Dave Grohl is her favourite drummer because of his “really heavy groove”.
DeGeneres later surprised Somo by sharing a video message from Dave himself, where he tells her: “Hey Yoyoka, this is Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters. I’ve seen you play ‘The Pretender’ before and you’re amazing! So keep it up, the world needs more drummers.” Awww.
…And 10-year-old Nandi Bushell
Dave once again made dreams come true when he accepted a drum challenge from 10-year-old drum prodigy Nandi Bushell. Although she won the first round, Dave wrote Nandi her very own theme song – and we can’t wait to see what she does next.
3) Dave cooked a barbecue for firefighters battling Californian wildfires
As wildfires spread across California in late 2018, Dave Grohl treated the firefighters and crew of Calabasas’ Fire Station 88 who’d been tackling the Woolsey Fire in Southern California to a free BBQ. There goes my hero!
Expressing their gratitude in a post on Instagram, Fire Station 68 wrote: “It was awesome to get a visit tonight from Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters. He also treated us to some of his own Backbeat BBQ. Thanks Dave! It was excellent!”
4) Dave also cooked a barbecue at a food bank at Christmas
Just two days before Christmas 2018, Dave Grohl took his Backbeat BBQ to the Los Angeles Food Bank. The Backbeat BBQ team were at the food bank for 36 hours and Dave himself served up the food.
5) Dave invited a blind boy up on stage
Tearing through a version of ‘Sky Is A Neighbourhood’ at a gig in St Paul, Minnesota in October 2018, Dave Grohl spotted an excited and visually impaired boy being held up by his dad. Ushering them onstage, Dave let the blind boy have a go on his signature blue Gibson. The boy and his parents then spent the rest of the gig at the side of the stage.
6) Foo Fighters cover Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’ with a 10-year-old
With Foo Fighters’ ‘Concrete And Gold’ tour calling in at the Sprint Centre in Kansas City in October 2018, Dave Grohl found himself singing Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’ with 10-year-old Collier Cash Rule after the plucky lad assured him he could play it. And boy, did he shred!
7) Dave gave his shoe to a girl on crutches
Hobbling around on crutches in the backstage area of The Anthem in Washington in October 2017, a teenage fan called Sabryn was told by Dave Grohl’s doctor that she really ought to be wearing a shoe with her brace. And before you could say ‘Savior Breath’, Dave Grohl nipped back to his dressing room and offered her the extra shoe he’d worn when his leg was broken. We wonder if she played ‘On The Mend’ afterwards?
8) Dave is making a documentary series with his mum
With TV producers offering to make a televised version of her book ‘From The Cradle To The Grave’ – a look at music stars though the eyes of their mothers – Virginia Grohl found herself a little out of her depth. Enter her offspring to get things sorted with the TV bigwigs. That gives a whole new meaning to ‘In Your Honour’, right?
9) Dave stops fights at gigs
Playing the legendary London venue The Roundhouse in 2011, Dave Grohl not only stopped the band’s set when a fight broke out in the audience, he also insisted that the idiot who kicked it all off was actually booted out of the venue. “You don’t come to my show to fight,” he told the troublemaker. “You come to my show to f***ing dance!”
10) Foo Fighters performed gigs in fans’ garages
Having recorded the whole of their ‘Wasted Life’ album in Dave Grohl’s garage, Foo Fighters played eight gigs in the garages of their most hardcore fans. How can you not love the guy?
11) Dave praised former Nirvana drummer Chad Channing
Despite providing the backbeat of Nirvana’s debut album, ‘Bleach’, drummer Chad Channing was nonetheless snubbed when the ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ hitmakers were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2014. Taking the podium, Dave Grohl was quick to point out that he was, in fact, Nirvana’s fifth drummer before heaping praise on Channing.
12) Dave listens to the appeals of his fans
After 1,000 Italian Foo Fighters fans got together in Cesana to play ‘Learn To Fly’ in an attempt to get Dave Grohl and the boys to play their city, the band responded by Tweeting, “Ci vediamo a presto, Cesena” (which translates as “See you soon, Cesena”). Good to their word, Foo Fighters headed over and played a 27-song set in November 2015.
13) Dave settles feuds
The long-running beef between Nirvana and Guns N’ Roses seemed to have finally come to an end when Dave Grohl not only lent Guns his stage throne when Axl Rose broke his foot, he was also spotted rocking out in the audience when his former rivals played Las Vegas.
On top of that, he also embraced Courtney Love when they shared a stage during Nirvana’s induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
14) Dave does an awful lot for charity
According to the Look To The Stars website, Dave has supported at least 16 charities over the decades including Stand Up To Cancer, the Elton John Aids Foundation, Worldwide Orphans Foundation, Teen Cancer America and Autism Speaks.
15) Dave fills in for sick musicians
In October 2011, Jared Champion, the drummer of indie-rock band Cage The Elephant, was rushed to hospital when his appendix burst. Hearing of his plight, Dave personally offered to fill in for the drummer at the band’s show at the Maverick Center in Salt Lake City.
Guitarist Lincoln Parish said afterwards: “I had to pinch myself. I turned around and Dave Grohl is playing the drums. It’s an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Nobody can replace Jared. But…it’s Dave f***ing Grohl.
16) Dave left a 100% bar tip to take bill to $666
Dave and his friends imbibed drinks at the Rainbow Bar & Grill in West Hollywood following Foo Fighters’ pop-up show in the car park of the Hollywood Palladium on Sunday 26th August. When the resulting bill came to $333.30, Dave doubled it to make the tab the Number of the Beast itself – $666 (…and 30 cents. Okay it was close enough).
17) Dave invited a crying Foo Fighters fan on stage
During a Foo Fighters gig in Colorado in 2015, Dave spotted an emotional fan in the audience just as he was beginning a speech in the middle of an acoustic rendition of ‘My Hero’. Dave then said, “I’m gonna sing this to your crying grown-man ass,” before telling security, “He’s a grown man crying, you can bring him up here”. The fan called Anthony then took a seat on stage and Dave sang ‘My Hero’ to him.
Dave Grohl through the years:
Dave Grohl with Nirvana – 1991
Nirvana’s Dave Grohl, Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic in a toilet in 1991. Where else?!
Dave Grohl with Nirvana – 1992
Nirvana’s Dave Grohl, Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic backstage at the MTV Video Awards in 1992
Dave Grohl with Nirvana – 1993
Nirvana perform at MTV Live and Loud in December 1993.
Dave Grohl – 1994
Dave Grohl at Sony Studios in Culver City, California, United States in June 1994 – the year he formed Foo Fighters in the wake of Kurt Cobain’s death
Dave Grohl – 1995
Dave Grohl performs in Brixton in November 1995
Dave Grohl – 1996
Dave Grohl performs with the Foo Fighters at Phoenix Festival, Stratford Upon Avon, in 1996
Dave Grohl – 1997
Foo Fighters perform at Tibetan Freedom Concert in New York in 1997.
Dave Grohl – 1998
Just a photo of Dave Grohl with a dolphin on holiday in the Gold Coast, Australia in 1998
Dave Grohl – 1999
Dave Grohl works as a cashier at Tower Records to support their album release in 1999.
Dave Grohl – 2000
Foo Fighters perform at The Bridge School Benefit held in the Shoreline Amphitheater, California. Lovely hat!
Dave Grohl – 2001
The Foo Fighters perform at V Festival in 2001.
Dave Grohl – 2002
Foo Fighters perform at MTV New Year’s Eve Pajama Party at the MTV Times Square studios in New York City. December 31, 2002. Nice glasses Dave!
Dave Grohl – 2003
Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and wife Jordyn Blum during Spike TV Presents The 2003 GQ Men of the Year Awards
Dave Grohl – 2004
Performing at the Rock in Rio Festival in Lisbon in 2004.
Dave Grohl – 2005
Foo Fighters performing live at Earls Court, London in December 2005.
Foo Fighters – 2006
Foo Fighters pose with Brian May at The O2 Silver Clef Awards in 2006.
Dave Grohl – 2007
Dave Grohl at Britain Live Earth Concert in 2007.
Dave Grohl – 2008
Dave Grohl performs at the pre-Grammy Awards party in 2008
Dave Grohl – 2009
Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters performs on VH1 Storytellers on October 28, 2009
Dave Grohl – 2010
Dave Grohl poses with Glenn Five, Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow and Robb Reiner of Anvil.
Dave Grohl – 2011
The Foo Fighters perform at Wembley Arena in 2011.
Foo Fighters – 2013
Foo Fighters at the ‘Sound City’ film premiere, Los Angeles in 2013.
Dave Grohl – 2014
Rami Jaffee, Nate Mendel, Taylor Hawkins, Dave Grohl, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear attend the premiere of HBO’s “Foo Fighters Sonic Highway”, in New York in 2014.
Dave Grohl – 2015
Foo Fighters’ Performs at the Music Festival ‘Rock Am Ring’ in Mendig Germany in 2015.
Dave Grohl – 2016
The Foo Fighters at the Grammy Awards in February 2016.
Dave Grohl – 2017
Foo Fighters storm Glastonbury Festival in 2017
Dave Grohl – 2018
Dave Grohl performing with the Foo Fighters at the Cal Jam 18 Pop-Up Event at the Hollywood Palladium, LA
Dave Grohl on Sesame Street – 2019
Mr Grohl appeared on the 50th anniversary episode of Sesame Street, singing a joyous, rock-tinged tune called ‘Here We Go Song’ with Big Bird and Elmo as various iconic backdrops from across the USA appeared on the green screen. Of course, Dave is no stranger to Jim Henson’s creations as he once had a drum-off with Animal from The Muppets.
The Foo Fighters’ tenth album – 2020
In August 2019, drummer Taylor Hawkins confirmed that the Foo’s latest album would be coming in 2020, telling RockSound, “From what I’ve heard from our fearless leader Dave Grohl, he has a lot of demos that he’s worked on and I think we’ll start, once this tour is over. I think not too soon after that we’ll start the process of putting the songs together as a band.”
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